Our Studio are very proud to have been nominated for a Big Chip Award this year!
Although we didn’t win this time around – our Congratulations go to the winners of the Best Use of Digital Design 2017 award with their entry.
Our Studio were lucky enough however to be shortlisted in this category for our Interactive application & CGI work for marketing the No1 Spinningfields development, alongside our friends at 90degrees agency.
See the 2017 Big Chip Awards shortlist here: http://bigchipawards.com/shortlist2017
The app formed part of a marketing campaign showcasing the latest development to be added to the Manchester Spinningfields scheme by developers Allied London.
The Project Brief
Our brief was to develop highly realistic 3D visuals with enhanced panoramic viewing to be made accessible via a downloadable, bespoke app. The app was well received by property agents and potential occupiers and as a result – the scheme is almost fully let!
Along with high quality office space the scheme offers retail and leisure opportunities with a roof top terrace, restaurant, coffee bar and food market. Our Studio developed all the CGI assets within the app which also feature in a unique 360-degree panoramic tour function. All of the Our Studio team worked very hard to collaborate on the many 3D assets required to populate the app, which resulted in a highly detailed, high quality visual tool for communicating the statement design.
The app is free and available to download on iTunes and is one of many bespoke apps we have developed for our property clients.
Please visit iTunes for more info or to download one of our interactive apps: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/no-1-spinningfields/id1114799037?mt=8
Big Chip Awards Night – Thursday 15th June 2017
Sam and James attended the awards ceremony hosted at the Hilton on Deansgate for an evening of glitz and glamour which was followed by the after party at cloud 23 for more celebrations.
Here are a few pics from the evening. (I am sure you will agree – they all scrub up very well!)
Very well done to the team and 90degrees for a great project collaboration and a Big thanks to Big Chip for a great night all round. We are proud to be recognised as one of the many talented and creative digital companies working together in the North West!
This week has been a sombre one following news of Monday evenings events at the Manchester MEN Arena.
Although business has returned to normal for some, our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and friends of the people affected by the incident, and recognise the hard work of the emergency services and the local people who bravely and kindly responded to the aftermath.
Despite the atmosphere and the difficulties – within hours’ stories and images started to emerge that captured acts of kindness, strength & sprit of the people Manchester. The outhouse in Stevenson Square is a popular spot for graffiti artists and they were quick to show support.
The #WeLoveMCR charity campaign has raised almost a million pounds for the victims’ families. A just giving page has been set up where people can donate here:
On Tuesday, Our Studio decided to reflect and contemplate quietly over at the Manchester City Art Gallery.
The team took some time out for a relaxed lunch in the gallery café and spent the afternoon exploring the current photography exhibition on show there.
The exhibition titled: Women and Children; and Loitering Men, documents the work of Salford born artist Shirley Baker. Baker used the medium of photography to document urban, post war communities living and working in Manchester between the 1960’s and the 1980’s.
It was great to see previously unseen photographs of historic Manchester architecture and a fitting exhibition to reflect on our city’s strength, creativity and resilience.
(The Shirley Baker Exhibition is open until Monday 28 August 2017. Details can be found here. )
We like to keep fit and healthy in the Studio but our Senior 3D Artist is going the extra mile and will be running the London Marathon for charity this Sunday the 23rd of April.
This is not the first of Marc’s Marathon journey – in 2015 he ran the Manchester marathon for the Macular Society, and raised £800 for this charity who provide emotional and physical support to people suffering with Macular eye conditions.
Marc has gone even further this year and raised an incredible £1255 of his £1350 total and we are very proud to be supporting him. This year he is proudly fundraising for the charity – VICTA. A charity supporting blindness in children and young adults.
Marc has been training hard – here are some pictures of him in action …
If you would like to support Marc in fundraising for Victa please visit his just giving page to make a donation here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/marc-cohen
Good Luck Marc!
In case you missed it – this week saw the biggest event in the international property calendar take place in Cannes … MIPIM.
Each year in March, thousands of property professionals from all sectors of commercial, residential, and retail real estate, gather at the Palais des Festivals on the French Rivera for the four-day conference.
Our Studio have helped our clients get ready for the event by producing cgi and animations to help showcase some of Manchester’s exciting future developments such as Angel Meadows, Altair, North Central and St John’s Masterplan.
Here are just some of the projects that have attracted plenty attention over the course of the week on social media and in the press:
As well as 3D renders of proposed schemes, Our Studio produced a 3D animation fly through which was revealed in a live stream on the final day in a presentation on Manchester’s newest and eagerly awaited neighbourhood – St Johns – watch the animated fly through here
MIPIM I St John’s video released ahead of Enterprise City launch
Angel Meadows Scheme Press
The VFX festival developed by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London recently hosted its fifth annual event at the east London venue – Rich Mix studios.
Workshops and seminars took place across two days which included speakers and participants from far and wide working across the games, animation and graphics industries.
Our Studio use VFX in our animations so two of our artists took time out from their usual schedules to visit this very popular annual event and even managed to squeeze in some BBQ ribs and beer afterwards!
It was an opportunity to hear about the latest industry techniques and software which was being showcased by experts in the field – here are their highlights from the day…
Marc Cohen (Our Studio Senior 3D Artist) – what was your festival highlight?
“Supporting The Crown – a talk by VFX Supervisor Ben Turner…
It was great to see hear and see first-hand how companies are exploring VFX techniques and specialist software to achieve amazing results!
After recently shooting in a green screen studio for a commercial CGI project, it was interesting to see how green screen and VFX is utilized on big budget TV Dramas to achieve things that aren’t possible with traditional methods of filming on location.
For example, during a talk from the VFX supervisor on the Netflix hit series The Crown – we heard how buildings such as Buckingham palace were re-created in CGI and then composited into film footage – a process that we use in our animations. It was great to hear about the production pipeline on a project of this scale and gave us ideas about how to approach our animations production in the future.”
James Brown (Our Studio Senior Artist and Production Manager) – what was your festival highlight?
“A personal highlight was meeting the guys behind -Houdini / Side FX software. (They provide artists with procedural 3D animation and VFX tools designed to create the highest-quality cinematic results).
They gave us some great ideas about looking at other pieces of software which we could introduce to our pipeline to create some great effects and visuals.”
If you would like to discuss an animation project please get in touch with the studio as we would be happy to chat through your project!
It’s been a busy start to 2017 – we kicked off the new year with lights, cameras and action during a recent Green Screen shoot!
Our project began last year when we filmed lifestyle footage on location for a commercial project we have been working on for several months.
We created a shot list based on our clients brief and set about hiring our talented crew and production team to assist with our location shoot preparations.
The team spent a busy three days outdoors on location (dodging the rain) and moving from one location to next. Our crew included our senior 3D artist/production manager, directors, a producer, lighting technician, runner, hair and makeup, kit and professional actors.
Green Screen Studio – behind the scenes
Back at Our Studio the next stage was for our 3D artists to generate CGI scenes which would act as back-plates for the green screen footage.
Our professional director and technical crew spent some time framing the shots and setting up the lighting for our scenes. Once the props were in place, make up had been checked and our actors had rehearsed – filming of our shots began…
Our team were on standby to ensure every action shot and detail was captured – we were very pleased with the outcome and the experienced team and well equipped studio meant the day ran very smoothly indeed. Here are some shots from behind the scenes on the day.
The final stage in our production is editing all the rushes from the shoot, compositing with our CGI renders and adding the finishing touches in post-production.
(We can’t reveal the client or the name of this project just yet but watch this space for more news on the final film…coming soon).
With special thanks to @JustinAtBigShed for hosting our shoot at big-shed.co.uk studio in Trafford Manchester.
If you would like to discuss a film or green screen project with Our Studio, please contact one of the team as we would be happy to discuss your requirements.
We had our Christmas party at Albert Schloss this year. Great food, great Schnapps and we loved the photo booth!
Wishing everyone a very happy and successful 2016!
Our Studio Team
Plans are in for the first phase of Nikal Developments’ £70m Altair scheme in Altrincham town centre, a 59-apartment scheme at the gateway to the site on Moss Lane.
The block will be built opposite the Tesco superstore, and will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments with leisure and retail space on the lower floors.
Integrated into the scheme is a new entrance for the ice rink and landscaped public realm to include outside seating for a café.
Nikal will be using its Hillcrest Homes brand to deliver the building alongside main contractor, Eric Wright Construction. Work is scheduled to start in spring 2016.
The building was designed by Stephenson Studio and SimpsonHaugh & Partners.
– See more at: http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/nikal-seeks-approval-for-first-altair-resi-block/#utm_source=Place+North+West&utm_campaign=Place_Daily_Briefing__Thursday_2015-10-15&utm_medium=email
We’re looking to grow our team and looking for an experienced 3D Artist
It’s an exciting time for Our Studio with us coming to our 8th year of business.
We have built up a reputable portfolio of work, collaborating with Architects and Developers all over the UK and the Middle East.
We’re looking for a talented and personable individual with good energy and a passion for architectural visualisation. Someone who can make their mark and play a role in Our Studio’s growth into an exciting new phase.
We are looking for a team player to contribute and share new ideas. We’re in need of a good all rounder who is happy to be involved in all stages of production.
A good understanding of architectural terminology and effective production across all necessary disciplines including modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering and post-production. Good knowledge of 3DS Max, Vray, Photoshop
We offer a competitive salary dependent on qualifications and experience, and an annual bonus scheme. Our benefits package includes a pension scheme and child care voucher scheme.
Please send CVs to Sam.Crothers@ourstudioltd.com